“Dead Space” is set in the 26th century in deep space, where an engineer who responds to a distress signal from a mining ship finds the vessel infested with monstrous creatures called Necromorphs. The creatures are human corpses, reanimated by an alien virus.
Electronic Arts wants us to know the Dead Space franchise isn’t dead. After confirming that series developer Visceral Games hasn’t even begun pre-production on a sequel, meaning Dead Space 4 is still a ways off, some fans took that as confirmation that EA had scrapped the franchise following the relatively poor reception of Dead Space 3.
When asked if Dead Space was a series the publisher still has interest in, EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau told CVG “Dead Space is something that we’re very proud of. We are not making any public announcements on what we’re doing with the next Dead space, but we definitely have a great set of IPs to pull out of the vault. But then again, we also have a lot of great new IP too, and you can only have a certain number of teams that can make world-class games. The worst thing you can do as a company is try too many things at once.”
To me, it sounds like they’re doing the same thing Remedy is with Alan Wake by setting Dead Space aside to focus on other projects while they try and figure out what to do with it. Maybe we’ll see more from the series when that movie deal comes closer to fruition.
In an interview with Eurogamer last week, EA Games Label executive VP Patrick Söderlund confirmed that Dead Space 4 is not in development, and that Visceral Games — the team behind the first three games — are currently hard at work on something that’s “very exciting.” “Dead Space remains a brand that is close to Electronic Arts’ heart. It’s been a great brand for us done by a very passionate team.” Söderlund told Eurogamer.
“Will there be another Dead Space game? Who knows? Have we killed it? No, of course not. But right now that dev team is focused on something else that you and other gamers will be very happy with.” So no new Dead Space in the near future. It’s disappointing, but certainly not all that surprising. What would you like to see from a new Dead Space? Is it time for a reboot?
My mind, it has been blown. After a bevy of rumors, Amazon listings, and leaked logos made their way onto the Internet over the last couple weeks, DICE finally confirmed they are indeed working on Mirror’s Edge 2. The original, while flawed, is still one of my favorite games of this console generation, so I am absolutely pumped to dive back into that vibrant world. I may need to work out a bit though, I haven’t run like that since 2008. See some actual gameplay after the break.
Ever since Battlefront III was canned when LucasArts was shut down — adding insult to injury is the fact that it was reportedly 99% finished — Star Wars fans have been clamoring for a follow-up to the squad-based spin-off. Now, thanks to EA, we’re getting it. EA just revealed Star Wars: Battlefront in an excruciatingly brief tease that was sadly void of any gameplay. At least we know it’s in the works.
EA’s pre-E3 press conference is going on right now, and now that they’re going on about sports and their exciting “bounce tech,” I’m able to pull myself away from the live stream to share one of the bigger reveals that’s come out of the event (so far), Dragon Age: Inquisition. Powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, this game looks stunning. The gameplay footage EA showed off at the event looks like CG, but it’s all in-game. Check it out after the jump.
I hope you’ve adequately prepared yourself for what is destined to become the biggest E3 in nearly a decade. After enduring the longest console generation in the history of this wonderful industry, my body is ready — it aches — for some new consoles. I’m looking forward to seeing what the PlayStation 4 looks like, and I’m especially excited to see what Microsoft does to improve their image. Fifteen exclusives is a damn good start, but it’ll require a lot more than that.
The pre-E3 press conferences, an annual tradition, are set in stone and you can be sure I’ll be here all day on Monday to report on all of the exciting news that will come out of the event. I refuse to sleep until every one of you has had your fill of gaming news. Conference schedule after the break.
Come on guys, what the hell is going on over there? Are there THAT many butt hurt gamers out there? The Consumerist released their results for the WCIA (Worst Companies In America) today, and like clockwork E.A. gets top billing 2 years running. The Consumerist gave them an award for 2 consecutive golden poos. Possibly the best name for an award ever. E.A. is criticized for everything a game company could do wrong. Selling overpriced games, micro transactions, cranking out tons of mediocre products, terrible customer service and more. Head over to The Consumerist for the full story. It’s all coming down to which turd floats higher in the bowl. In the end, they’re all still turds. E.A. had better make some changes. What do you guys think? Who does your worst company vote go to?
Last night at GDC DICE showed off a visually impressive demo of Battlefield 4, featuring some gorgeous, open environments and some of the most realistic faces I’ve ever seen. It looks massive and more open than Battlefield 3, and did I mention it looks gorgeous? This is what next-gen looks like. Watch 17 incredible minutes after the break.
Electronic Arts has a massive Dead Space sale going on right now with discounts on all three games and their DLC. On Origin you can grab Dead Space for $10 (down from $19.99), Dead Space 2 for $10 (usually $19.99), and Dead Space 3 for $41.99 (regularly $59.99). The first game is only available as a Windows PC download, but the other two are available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. All of the DLC is down to $3.49 (usually $4.99) each. If you’re still on the fence about Dead Space 3, I suggest reading what Brittany had to say about it.
In Dead Space 3 you had the option of using real money to purchase additional resources for crafting items. It’s entirely optional, and opting out of throwing more money at the game you just spent $40-60 on doesn’t really affect the experience. Apparently, it’s only one of the first of many future EA games that will come with microtransactions. At the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom conference — which sounds absolutely riveting by the way, I’m really sad I missed it — Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said “We’re building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be, and consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business.”
The microtransactions in Dead Space 3 angered a few fans, but until it becomes an issue of pay-to-win, I don’t mind EA trying to make a little extra money off the games they make. Video game development is expensive, so if tossing down a few dollars-turned-Microsoft Space Bucks means they’ll churning out Dead Space games, I’m all for it. What about you – do microtransactions bother you, or are you okay with it?
I’ve never had the image of Dead Space‘s Isaac Clarke wearing bling and flashing gang signs before but all that changed today when I saw YouTube user skullkruncher13‘s original Dead Space 3 rap song entitled “Keeping Me Human”. Surprisingly, the song isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s fairly sharp and definitely hits all those little things that make and encompass Dead Space. Give it a listen below. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you an exclusive interview with Dead Space 3 composer James Hannigan. Below you can read about Hannigan’s work with Jason Graves (who also composed for the game), how the planet of Tau Volantis changed the scoring approach, Hannigan’s thoughts on sci-fi and horror, and much more. You can also hear nearly 45 minutes of Hannigan’s Dead Space compositions.
Composer Jason Graves has uploaded 30+ minutes of unreleased Dead Space 3 music, which you can hear below. The music is not featured on the OST, which is currently available for digital purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
Dead Space continues the story of engineer Isaac Clarke as he takes on Necromorphs who have been reanimated by an ancient alien artifact known as The Marker. You can read Brittany Vincent’s review of the game here. READ MORE
Dead Space 3 came out last week and has been met with generally favorable reviews, including our own from Brittany Vincent. And now, for fans of the sonic landscapes created by composers Jason Graves and James Hannigan, you can purchase the soundtrack today! Head on over to Amazon to snag a copy and enter cold harsh environment of Tau Volantis whenever you pop on your headphones. READ MORE
Linkin Park has teamed up with EA and Medal Of Honor Warfighter to produce their next music video for the track “Castle Of Glass”, which comes off their latest album Living Things (review). The video seems like it will have three different threads in it: the first will be band performance footage that will be, as per usual, heavily effected and digitized, the second is live-action footage shot about soldiers and their struggles, and the third will be in-game footage. You can check out the band interviews as well as video shoot footage in the behind-the-scenes video below.
One of the most successful action/horror series to come out in the past several years is EA’s Dead Space franchise. While every entry is not a winner (I’m looking at you Ignition), the series has been, overall, pretty damn solid. Part of the terrifying immersive experience is Jason Graves’ fantastic score, which consistently gets rave reviews and high praise.
Now, Graves has released several tracks that were originally used for consideration on the first Dead Space game. Some of the tracks were later take from the original demo material and were given some live elements to be used for in-game.
The tracks are a great representation of the terrifying atmosphere that Dead Space permeates. Check ‘em out below and creep yourself out a bit! READ MORE
EA just released twenty minutes of official gameplay for the upcoming Dead Space 3 that includes a lot of half-people and necromorphs jumping out in front of Isaac from the snow. I really hope there isn’t too much of that. What’s most interesting about this video, which you can find after the break, is it shows how the game works alone and in co-op. We get to see the opening sequence done solo, then part of it done with another player in the game. There are extra story elements you’ll get when you play with a friend, but the co-op is entirely optional. Check it out and tell me what you think.
In an announcement that shouldn’t surprise anyone, EA has confirmed that the “mysterious” Dead Space reveal at E3 next week is indeed going to be Dead Space 3. So if you like your news official, rather than the steady leakage of info we’ve witnessed over the last handful of months, then you should most definitely stay tuned for our E3 coverage next week. But that’s not all of the Dead Space 3 goodness I have for you today–head past the jump for an official high-res screenshot. READ MORE
The steady drip feed of information regarding the highly anticipated Dead Space 3 continues with a slimy Necromorph spanking batch of screenshots that show off the game’s long-rumored co-op, as well as some new suits, weapons and hideous monsters with faces only a mother could love. Well, I love them too, but for entirely different reasons. When I see a Necoromorph’s face I’m overwhelmed with the urge to kiss it, but not with my lips, oh no sir, that’s too unsanitary. I want to kiss them on the face with the dangerous end of my plasma cutter. Ha! Good luck biting me after I’ve strategically dismembered your head from your body! I AM ADAM, TOAST ENTHUSIAST AND SLAYER OF NECROMORPHS. Oh, and check out the screenshots after the jump.
Dead Space 3 is almost definitely the game EA teased us with earlier this week, and if these new rumors prove true, Isaac Clarke’s next outing could be significantly different from his last. According to a source at IGN, the game could feature two-player co-op, tweaked weapon functions and new player abilities like crouching and evasive moves. Head past the break for more delicious details! READ MORE
It looks like E3 just got a lot more interesting. During its investor call earlier today, EA confirmed there is a new installment in the Dead Space series coming during the 2013 fiscal year, or by March 31. No word yet on whether this will be the highly anticipated Dead Space 3 or the third person adventure or shooter spin-off that have also been rumored to be in production, but there’s a very good chance we’ll have our burning questions answered at E3 next month. I’m putting my money on Dead Space 3, though I’d be happy with really anything that includes me strategically dismembering Necromorphs. I desperately need my Dead Space fix. How about you?
E.A. might have been named the worst company in America, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some kick ass games out. Crysis 3 was announced and it looks INFREAKINGCREDIBLE. Mass Effect 3, and Battlefield 3 both with awesome campaigns and multiplayers. If you check out the video past the break E.A. updates you on the newly announced Crysis 3, new Battlefield 3 DLC, and Mass Effect 3‘s multiplayer weekend. If you haven’t seen the debut trailer for Crysis 3, let me just say, it looks amazing. That and Battlefield 3 are neck and neck for the 2 best looking games out there.
It seems South African-based BT Games knows something we don’t, as the retailer has begun accepting pre-orders for the still-unannounced Dead Space 3. EA hasn’t officially announced the game, though with the critical and commercial success of the last one, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear about it soon. There’s been no shortage of rumors about the game over the last couple months, including a possible snowy setting, that it could possibly use the Frostbite engine Battlefield 3 used, and that Isaac Clarke’s split personality disorder. In the past, BT Games has revealed Jak and Daxter HD and Mass Effect 3′s multiplayer, so it’s entirely possible that Dead Space 3′s announcement is very close. What would you like to see from the game? READ MORE